Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 10:36pm
Another great day of fishing with Cooper!

Gosh how I am growing!

Just last year at this time I had a Central Line and every night I would get IV TPN while I slept to build me up for a very dangerous surgery. If you remember, my body was failing me again, my absorption was so poor, that my body was unable to sustain itself. Without medical intervention, I again was on deaths corner. The lack of nutrition and absorption actually caused my transplanted liver portal vein to clot over causing extreme blood pressure in my intestines.

My only chance at normal life was a high risk surgery.

The surgery had so many risks, it was a hard pre-op clinic to sit through. The risks included lung failure, emergency liver transplant, disorientation from high ammonia levels and on and on.

The surgery was to take 12hrs to 2 days. My surgeons told my parents to be prepared that if during the renal splenal shunt I became unstable, that I would have to be closed back up and sent to the ICU to be stabilized. Only to try again later. The obstacles of this surgery were so immense, that 3 plus surgeons had to be there. They would first have to spend hours and hours trying to get through all the adhesions and scar tissue. Next they would have to reduce the blood pressure in my abdomen and then fix my intestines. No doubt there was alot of work to do to even get to my absorption problem

It was a very trying time in so many ways. After the pre-op clinic mom and I went to see Dory the fish on the 3rd floor. A follower of mine, saw me and started asking Mom about my surgery and was also offering prayers. It took all the energy Mom had not to burst into tears talking about the days ahead for me.

Remember a night or 2 before my surgery, I told you don't worry about me, God has a plan. That I would be laying on a bed of angels wings that would be the operating table, that the Blessed Mother will be near my head and Jesus will be next to the surgeons helping them? Remember?

That was actually a vision that God gave Brother Paul a few days prior to my surgery. Brother Paul told my parents to be at peace, that all will be well.

Heaven did surround me that day! The surgery was done in an amazing few hours! I was taken off the ventilator after the surgery and I even woke up and smiled at my parents! 😁 None of that was expected in the least bit. My family was in awe!

God is so good and God gave me the best team in the world to take care of me! I'll never forget the beauty of that day for the rest of my life!

Believe, even when the odds are stacked up against you, that even in the last second, God has the power to do anything and everything!

Just like heaven was there for me, they are there for you.

I am just the messenger to share that God is very near and that you are never alone.

Believe with all your heart!

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 9:20pm
Kindergarten Step Up Day!

Guess what? My preschool class got to go to the "big school" today to follow around the current kindergarten class. We got a quick introduction to our class for next year and we got to see what it is like to be a kindergarten student!

And double guess what???

I got to be in Coopers class! We were in class together!

Cooper kept a real close big brother eye on me and he made sure I made it through the school without getting lost! 😍😍😍

It's going to be really sad to leave behind my first year of preschool at a school I loved dearly.

God always tells Brother Paul to essentially keep " moving forward"

Don't look back with sadness and regret of what you did have but remember the past with joy in your heart and move forward. Life is always evolving the way God intended for you....His Divine Plan

This day was a dream so many years ago. My parents are in awe of the little man I have fought to become. And they are so proud of Cooper for the immense love that he has learned through the years of our families suffering. It is a special love only learned through the eyes of suffering.

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Friday, May 18th, 2018 at 10:11pm
May 18, 2015....6 weeks or less to live.

Somehow my family continued to move each and everyday even though the tests of faith continued to pile up in record fashion.

I had just miraculously survived a one month ordeal at the hospital. During that time I almost died when my blood pressure crashed, the following night, my lungs collapsed sending a team of ICU staff into my room to ventilate me. I was too sick for transplant and my days on earth were coming to an end quicker than expected.

Only through the grace of God, I fought back. After 2 weeks of being on the very high priority transplant list, I was taken off the ventilator and able to breath on my own. I woke up to hear that after 2 weeks, I did not have one organ donation offer 😣😣

My parents told me "dont worry Lucas a liver is going to come soon buddy"

My breathing was unstable. I would breath 68x per minute. The lung doctor was called in as my teams last resort to try and help me.....he said "pray for a transplant, I am so sorry, there is nothing I can do to help you"

In many ways my parents were crushed knowing it was official, no one could help me anymore. They would do their best to sustain me but it was becoming very very hard to keep me going.

I eventually left the hospital to spend the rest of my dwindling days, at home.

A few weeks later Jacob was born.

5 days after Jacob was was exactly May 18, 2015, my buddy dad had to leave for 6 weeks of new job training in Denver.

Dads training was 6 weeks long and I had 6 or weeks less to live. My dad, our rock of faith, was now leaving.

This particular day was sad. Mom, Cooper, Jacob and I stood by the window and watched dad hesitantley drive away until he was gone.

No one cried but we did ask over and over where Dad was going and when was he coming back?

Moms response was " Dad has to go on a short trip for work, and he will be back soon enough to ride tractors again"

Would I ever see my dad again? Could I fight long enough to ride my favorite tractor one more time with my Dad?

Seriously, that question ran through my parents head alot. Their response was "God knows and what ever God decides will be best"

As the tests of faith continued to pile up so did my fight for survival.

Although Mom and Dad would not get to talk much at all during these next 6 weeks, they decided if Mom would txt dad to "please come home" that was dads que to without question get on a plane and fly straight home to say goodbye to me either before my transplant or before going to heaven.

Those where my only options now. My body was way too weak and whatever was going to happen was going to happen soon.

Do you believe as the weeks became more desperate that Mom actually forgot to tell Dad that she started a savelucas campaign?

He was a little bit shocked to get off the airplane and see my face on billboards! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜†

Mom was a little busy! It was a honest mistake. Actually, she was going to tell him then I started throwing up and she forgot πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

SUPRISE DAD! All the ladies love me now!!!

The only reason we got through the impossible is because God carried us.

Thank you to all the generous organ donors out there.

Each one of the thousands in need of a transplant have a similar fight for survival. Uggh. We can't forget those in need.

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Save Lucas added 3 new photos.Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at 9:12pm
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all those wonderful mothers out there who have loved me like your own!

This picture of me fishing is from last Saturday when my brothers and I competed in a fishing tournament! :)

It must run in the family....

πŸ˜‚where ever we go there is always one of us making a spectacle-drawing attention to ourselves. Sometimes, even when we attempt to be normal, we cannot πŸ˜‚

Jacob has been sick for a few days. Mom took him to the doctors on Friday and all was well. But as Saturday came and went he just didn't seem to be turning the corner. So today Mom took him to Children's Express of Wexford.

When it was Jacobs turn to go to triage, the nurses put the pulse ox and his oxygen levels were 88.

Well that's not good. Maybe it's the machine.

Try again. 88.

Hmmm....thats not good.

So Jacob gets surrounded by all the nice ladies and wins the award of "I'm sending the doc right back to see you"

Goellers don't wait in line...πŸ˜‚ we like to get it done quickly!

So the story gets even better!

Who walks in seconds later!? One of my transplant PAs, Danni! Oh my gosh my family and I love her! She is the sweetest girl and Mom knew right away that Jacob was in great hands! Divine Intervention for sure!

My transplant team is awesome I tell you! All of them! It was so nice that someone in my transplant family was helping baby brother Jacob today! 😘😘😘😘 My team is the best of the best, and I'll argue anyone who tries to tell me otherwise πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ I'm feisty now!

Danni quickly diagnosed Jacob with pneumonia. Way to go baby brother!!!! You get an A+ for effort!

This was another example of a time of trial turned into something beautiful.....Beautiful because of all the wonderful staff who were filled with so much joy and love. Love heals...being loved actually takes away some of the suffering.

My family walked out of Children's Express of Wexford, not sad about the diagnoais of pneumonia but instead it was the opposite. They were filled with joy from all the love!

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Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 10:14pm
This week has been exhausting. Jacob and I have been sick with nasty viruses, night coughing spells and streams of gooey yucky boogers (that we eat by the way 😁)

My family is no longer a believer of coincidence, instead we know everything happens for a reason.

As humans, our mind instantly categorizes things as either percieved good or perceived bad.

I say "perceived" because our human mind is not capable of truly understanding God and His mighty plans. But when you eliminate your human perceptions of good vs. Bad and see with the eyes of the spirit, you will realize that behind every good, bad and ugly of this earth is the true goodness and love of God.

When you can't understand the why....just blindly know God is always good and nothing bad comes from God. But He will allow things to happen to reshape you and transform you into something greater than you could ever imagine. He will allow things to happen to turn non believers into believers. Sometimes bad things cause cascading of love that saves souls....this list is endless because God is only good.

Tonight. Mom was talking to her really good friend in NJ, who was talking hands free on her way home from work.
All of a sudden she screamed to Mom "Jess! Pray for a biker, he was hit by a car and is not moving"

Devastating to see and devastating to hear the account. . They started to pray for this stranger.

Tonight, we don't understand why such a thing would happen, but behind every difficult situation is a God who is ONLY love. Their was no doubt God was already there with this individual.

Why was Moms friend witness to this....why were they talking on the phone?

Out of every tragedy is an outpouring of love. A love that sometimes never comes without suffering.

Tonight let's show an outpouring of love for this stranger so that he may live and be healed of any injuries. Let's pray that our love for him saves him.

God knew we would pray....and tonight we will.

There is no such thing as coincidence

Ps. I'm feeling a little better you can see

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